An Adaptiv The James-Lange Theory: Fear And Anxiety
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Introduction Without realizing it, a person may be suffering from anxiety. What a person may think as just nerves or worrying over nothing may actually indicate an anxiety disorder. According to the American Psychological Association’s Encyclopedia of Psychology, anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. These conditions may also be associated with fear. Fear is similar to anxiety except that fear has a specific object. When some optimal level of stimulation or arousal is exceeded, one experiences anxiety. It can be an adaptive healthy response or an unbearable one. In the latter circumstance aforementioned, one may lose a huge amount of ability to think, act, and perform. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat. (Kazdin, 2000).
Fear and Anxiety as an…show more content… Fear and anxiety can be an adaptive response when one is confronted with an event that threatens their survival. Humans experience a kind of fight or flight response. Sensory reaction controls emotional expression, mild to moderate anxiety. It is clear that high levels of anxiety and fear can lead to impaired psychological functioning, intellectual errors, and disturb concentration and memory. It is believed that moderate anticipatory anxiety about realistic threats is necessary for the development of coping behavior. From an existentialist perspective, moderate anxiety is an appropriate response as an adaptive function to particular events or threats in one's life. This anxiety can be used as a motivation to change oneself or adapt to the